Two New Mexico nonprofits filed a lawsuit this week against the state that could halt changes to the state’s food assistance program.
The Center on Law and Poverty and the Southwest Organizing Project, along with three people who rely on food stamps, are asking for a temporary restraining order that would stop a work requirement for certain SNAP recipients that’s slated to go into effect on November 1.
Deputy Accused In Fatal Shooting Expected In Court – The Associated Press
Court documents say a New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy told police, "I shot the guy" after officers arrived to a chaotic scene at a hotel.
Records and 911 recordings released yesterday revealed new details about the shooting. Authorities allege Santa Fe County Deputy Tai Chan fatally shot fellow Deputy Jeremy Martin after a night of drinking and arguing.
Robert Pack is a fourth generation cotton and alfalfa farmer from Eddy County. Although a registered Democrat, Pack says he has never voted party line in his life.
Pack says he's not thrilled with either gubernatorial candidate. But he is a medical marijuana patient and is basing his vote on the fact that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez said she would shut down the state's medical cannabis program when she was campaigning four years ago.
Veteran Pete Comstock was wounded in Vietnam—once by a hand grenade and once by an AK-47—and he’s recovered physically. “I have some combat trauma issues that I had to deal with as I was recovering coming back. But today, most days I’m pretty normal.”
Comstock, a Republican from Cedar Crest, relies on VA health services and said he zeroes in on issues affecting veterans during every election cycle. In particular, he wants to ensure candidates will commit funding and support to medical care for returning soldiers, address military sexual trauma and work to stop the wars.
People affected by mental health issues in Albuquerque gathered for a meeting on police reform on Monday night.
Only people who’d signed up online in advance of the forum were allowed to participate in the discussion about the Albuquerque Police Department and mental health. A handful of participants sat in two separate circles with concentric rings of observers radiating from the center.
Rosemarie Sanchez and her 39-year-old daughter Nannie are disability rights advocates and hard-line Democrats. Rosemarie adopted Nannie, a child born with Down syndrome, when she was an infant. KUNM Public Health New Mexico reporter Marisa Demarco caught up with them at their home in Albuquerque’s Clayton Heights to talk about how their lives and their politics intertwine.
Both women are concerned about changes to the developmental disability waiver in New Mexico.
On location at a film shoot in the Lincoln National Forest, KUNM's Rita Daniels caught up with independent filmmaker Jacob Roebuck. The self-described social conservative moved to Roswell from Los Angeles four years ago and has benefited from the state's film production tax credit.
KUNM public health reporter Ed Williams traveled north to Taos County where he met with Marty Michael, a conservative voter in Questa. Michael is an active member of the community, and has worked with the county on water issues.
“Drought, global warming’s affecting it, lack of rainfall, mother nature. It’s something that can’t be measured," Michael said. "The conservatives are interested in keeping our water here. No more water transfers.”
KUNM public health reporter Ed Williams spoke with Santa Fe resident Allegra Love, a former public school teacher who now works as a lawyer for ADELANTE, a Santa Fe Public Schools program that provides help for families experiencing homelessness.
Love is also an immigration attorney. Since this summer she’s been working on asylum cases for refugees held in the federal immigrant detention center in Artesia.
Anita Cordova says the $1.22 million grant will allow her organization to continue providing medical and dental care to the homeless community. “Without the money," Cordova said, "we would be unable to provide as many services and pay our providers and staff to do the work that we do.”
Easily one of the best rock bands in Albuquerque, they've also been making a name for themselves nationally. The basic trio is Steve Hammond on electric guitar and vocals, Noah Wolters on keys and Andy Lutz on drums, often incorporating numerous other local musicians.
Principal songwriter Steve Hammond is adept at melding country and metal genres almost seamlessly, and with an oddball sense of humor that often draws comparisons to Ween or similar hybrid musical surrealists.
The Leeches performed live on Music to Soothe the Savage Beast on October 14th. Engineered by Simon Welter. DJ Caterwaul hosted the show.
Navajo High Court Orders Election Postponed – The Associated Press
The Navajo Supreme Court has ordered the postponement of the tribe's presidential election and an immediate reprint of ballots without the name of a candidate who was disqualified in a language fluency case.
The decision Thursday came as a result of a petition to enforce a disqualification order against Chris Deschene.
Tuesday marked the first of 10 meetings of the Collaborative on Police-Community Relations in Albuquerque. Police officers and commanders attended, along with grieving families, mental health advocates and neighborhood association representatives.
Mayor Richard Berry said the process should yield a document that outlines expectations for effective community policing. The Department of Justice investigated APD after a high-number of officer-involved shootings, and findings indicated city police use excessive force.
Albuquerque Mayor Wants Action To Keep Officers - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry wants the city and the state to take action to prevent the loss of more than a fifth of the city's police force to retirements over the next two years.
Berry told the Albuquerque Journal during an interview that the city stands to lose 200 officers and still see at least 100 of them retire even if the financial incentives for them to stay are provided.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/23 8a: What public health issues are New Mexico candidates talking about in their campaigns? What are politicians and elected officials not talking about? We'll have an in depth discussion with KUNM's Public Health New Mexico reporting team - Ed Williams and Marisa Demarco.
The New Mexico Environment Department took about 50 members of the public on an informational tour of the Kirtland Air Force jet fuel spill this week. The tour group spent the day learning about the parts of Albuquerque’s aquifer that have been contaminated.
Geologists said one of the issues that makes cleanup of the site so complicated is that the water table has risen in recent years, trapping some of the liquid jet fuel beneath the top of the aquifer.
A land developer who wants to strip mine La Bajada mesa for basalt rock has filed a lawsuit against Santa Fe County.
Developers of Buena Vista Estates and Rockology Limited say their project is being targeted by county commisioners who placed a year-long moratorium on approving any new projects that would involve blasting through the earth.
Sharon Sivinski from the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority tells us all about what happens when we flush
Farts explained by experts
Sat. 10/25, 9am: It all comes out in the end, they say, and when it does, where does it go? We learned exactly what happens with Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority educator Sharon Savinski. Plus, we explored the methane world of flatulence. It stinks!
There’s been so much media attention focused on the Ebola crisis in West Africa and whether the healthcare system in the U.S. is ready for cases here, it’s easy to forget that the U.S. flu season has begun. Each year thousands of people in the U.S. die from the flu, tens of thousands in bad years. Last year there were 34 flu-related deaths in New Mexico.